The university's long standing commitment to innovation is reflected in an environment at UCD which encourages the translation of creative research ideas into solutions addressing needs of the economy and of society.
UCD Research and Innovation is dedicated to supporting innovation throughout the university. We do this by supporting the UCD research community to:
The members of the Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Development teams based at NovaUCD draw on their network of patent agents, legal experts, industry and business leaders and investors, to support UCD researchers to identify, protect and commercially exploit their research outputs. They also provide a series of business support programmes for research entrepreneurs who are establishing, developing and growing UCD spin-out companies.
Academic consultancy is where a member of UCD’s academic staff works as an expert adviser or consultant to an external organisation, in return for a commercial fee. You typically use your existing knowledge and expertise to answer the client’s questions or provide opinions and advice, rather than to create new knowledge.
ConsultUCD has been set up specifically to provide a complete support service to UCD staff who wish to work as consultants.
ConsultUCD works with all disciplines and offers support for all projects, regardless of value or duration. If you would like to discuss an opportunity you have or would like additional information, please contact Elizabeth Nolan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some of the larger Research Centres and Institutes in UCD have specific Business Development Managers, who may assist you with the commercialisation process after you have initially contacted the Knowledge Transfer Team in NovaUCD. Contact your local Centre or Institute administration, for further details.
The NovaUCD Knowledge Transfer team in UCD Research and Innovation is responsible for the implementation of UCD's policies relating to the commercialisation of Intellectual Property (IP) and for the management of the intellectual property portfolio arising from UCD's research programmes. Specific activities of the Knowledge Transfer team include:
If you require further information or support contact a member of the Knowledge Transfer Team